|Don't let ants run amok in your air conditioner!|
|Don't get stuck sweating in front of the fan.|
When ants get into your air conditioner, it can stop working for seemingly no reason. It can be hard to detect when something as tiny as an ant gets into an AC unit's electrical components, causing it to short out. It's both a blessing and a curse if the ant problem in your air conditioner is big enough that you can see it. On the one hand, then you know for sure that it's ants gumming up the works, on the other, then you have to deal with a massive swarm.
|This air conditioner is surrounded by leaves and mulch|
in a shady spot, which might make it more attractive to ants
Fortunately, once you've identified the problem is can be fairly simple to fix. There are a variety of methods recommended online, from calling a professional exterminator to opening the machine and cleaning the ants out yourself with compressed air, water and ammonia, or a bug bomb. These instructions from eHow seem the most sensible for a DIY fix, with the least likelyhood of damaging the AC unit. Whatever method you chose, do be careful if you go the DIY route that you don't further damage the malfunctioning AC unit. After clearing out the current ant problem, be sure to remove any ant-attracting brush, dirt, etc. to be sure the problem doesn't return.